By Ron Jones

ELK GROVE (CBS13) — Elk Grove landowners are furious over a new type of graffiti and blight littering the streets—signs posted all over public and private properties.

Residents say a lot of wannabe entrepreneurs are placing advertisements without getting permission on private and city property.

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For many, it’s an eyesore. At this week’s city council meeting, one fed-up resident brought in a bunch of signs he collected throughout the city. But he was disappointment to learn there isn’t enough code enforcement staff to keep up with the signs.

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Ivan Silva says he had no idea there was anything wrong with placing advertisements for his business anywhere he wanted.

According to Elk Grove Code Enforcement, a landowner’s permission must be granted before a sign can be posted on city or private property. And even then, there are strict conditions as to where and how those signs can be displayed.

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City leaders and residents are frustrated with business owners like Silva, but residents still want the city to ask.